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REAL_ESTATE
June 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
There was a time, not very long ago, when the number of unsubsidized, market-rate residential construction projects within the Philadelphia city limits could be counted on one hand. Now, you need a scorecard to keep track, and even that list might need to be updated daily. Noah Ostroff, of Keller Williams Real Estate in Center City, said that, typically, when he gets a call from someone looking to buy a property in the city, it is for new construction. "I don't have many people looking for traditional - what we call 'homes with character,' " he said.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver was killed and four construction workers were injured, one seriously, Saturday morning in a crash in a construction zone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in lower Bucks County. The accident happened just before 5:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the Bensalem Interchange. It closed the eastbound lanes until 11 a.m. The driver of the car, who had not been identified, crashed into a truck carrying construction workers who were picking up traffic cones to reopen a lane closed for overnight work, state police said.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryn Mawr Hospital announced plans Thursday for a $200 million modernization of its campus, including a five-story, 203,000-square-foot patient pavilion with 12 operating rooms and 72 private patient rooms. Bryn Mawr will have 250 inpatient rooms after the project is completed. That is about the same number it uses now. "It's a historic modernization project that takes us to the next chapter for this hospital and this community, but it is clearly on the inpatient side, not a growth strategy," said Andrea Gilbert, president of the hospital.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many dangerous and unsafe buildings that should be inspected every 10 to 30 days have not been seen by inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections in years, The Inquirer has learned. At the same time, the agency's Construction Site Task Force has been so adept at fining contractors for violations such as failing to display permits or update insurance in the city computer system, builders complain, that L&I is delaying construction while city building is booming. Critics of the beleaguered agency say that proves it is on the wrong track, with safety taking a backseat to the exigencies of collecting cash and flexing its muscle over comparatively minor infractions.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA plans to spend $535 million next year to buy new vehicles, replace and repair rail bridges, upgrade train stations, and begin overhauling its Center City subway concourse. The proposed capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $37 million, or 6.4 percent less than the current capital budget, which contained a one-time infusion of $85 million in federal funding. Among the projected spending is about $160 million earmarked to replace and overhaul vehicles. That will include 13 new locomotives, the first of 525 hybrid buses that will be purchased over five years, and the start of procuring about 45 bi-level railcars to increase capacity on the Regional Rail lines.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a sunny morning in Bellmawr, but a thunderous boom pierces the air. Then another, and another. The bangs echo for blocks. At nearby businesses, the earth shakes. Photos rattle on walls, startling sleepy residents, but the skies remain clear, because, although it sounds like a storm, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it. The small town, located where Route 42 and I-295 and other thoroughfares converge, is in the midst of construction that has sent residents complaining to their neighbors, their mayor, the New Jersey Department of Transportation - and some to lawyers.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A decision will not be made for at least another month on whether to allow construction of a multimillion-dollar theater and museum on the former Bucks County farm of Oscar Hammerstein II, according to the project leader. Will Hammerstein, grandson of the Broadway lyricist and the driving force behind the proposal, said a three-hour Doylestown Township zoning board hearing ended Monday night without a vote. Four witnesses testified, Hammerstein said, but at least two township witnesses are still expected to testify, and a meeting next month is slated to allot significant time for public comment.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
| Lola Figueroa Clark doesn't have her advanced degree in marketing yet. But at 8 years old, the Mount Airy third grader already knows why construction toy manufacturers like K'nex Brands L.L.C. in Hatfield become so frustrated when marketing to girls. "Boys and girls both like" construction toys, Lola said. "But if you want to look for them in the toy stores, you have to look in the boys' section. " The result? In the growing $1.8 billion building and construction toy market, nearly half the potential buyers (i.e., girls)
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. John L. Wiggins Sr., 86, of Albion, Camden County, a construction company owner who was the founder and longtime pastor of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Lawnside, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday, Jan. 29, at home. "He was a pillar in the historically black community" of Lawnside, daughter Ovetta said. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Rev. Wiggins studied in public schools there and worked in mills and on farms and construction sites before moving with his wife, Florence, to Philadelphia in the early 1950s.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
KEMEL DAWKINS had a problem. As one of the lead contractors on the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the 1990s, he needed to find a black superintendent to oversee the toughest part of the project - renovation of the Reading Terminal train shed. Dawkins, himself African-American, needed a black man to boss the difficult operation in order to adhere to the Convention Center's strict affirmative-action program. Inspectors roamed the enormous project daily to make sure the proper ratio of women and African-American workers was on the job. Kemel Dawkins, who died Jan. 11 at the age of 91, solved the problem after a nationwide search when he and his partners selected Angelo R. Perryman, an Evergreen, Ala., native then working construction in Detroit.
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